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2007 FIBA U19 World Champiosnhip
City: Novi Sad, Serbia
Arena: The Sports and business center "VOJVODINA"
12-22 July 2007
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Meet the Stars of Tomorrow!
You are a true basketball fan? You haven't been in Thessalonica in summer 2003? - Big mistake! For those who love the sport in its purest form with young players who can do everything on the court - except listening to their coaches - this is the place to be: phenomenal athleticism, outstanding talent, natural play and enthusiasm for the game from the deep of the heart. You can see and meet the superstars of tomorrow before they sign multi-million dollar contracts and get squeezed in coaches' plays and public demand.
Big stars like Vlade Divac, Arvydas Sabonis, Vince Carter, Toni Kukoc, Wang Zhi Zhi, Andrei Kirilenko and Pau Gasol started their career at this championship.
3 players of the All Tournament Team of the 2003 edition do all play in the NBA by now: Andrew Bogut (AUS), Linas Kleiza (LTU), Jose Barea (PUR). The two others have a successful career with their senior national teams: Sofokles Schortsianidis (GRE) and Roko Ukic (CRO)
The potential of this event made FIBA decide to move from a four-year cycle to staging the event every two years as of 2007. This will ensure that every generation of global basketball talent will have the chance to compete at the highest international level.
Serbia and the city of Novi Sad have been awarded the organization of the 8th edition of the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men (12th-22nd July 2007).
The 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship will mark the first time that Serbia hosts a FIBA youth tournament. In 2005 Serbia organized the European Championship for Men (EuroBasket).
The draw that has determined the composition of the four groups of four squads each took place on Tuesday 27th February 2007 in Novi Sad.
Group A: Brazil, France, Lebanon and Lithuania
Group B: P.R. of China, Mali, Serbia and USA
Group C: Australia, Canada, Nigeria and Turkey
Group D: Argentina, Korea, Puerto Rico and Spain
The tournament will be played in two arenas of the Sport Center Vojvodina, the second biggest multi-sports complex in the world. Both arenas are fully FIBA certified and have capacities of 8.500 and 2.500 seats.
See you in Novi Sad in Serbia in 2007!